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CMA Awards: Eric Church leads noms (and Snoop Dogg's in the house!)

Nominations for the 46th Annual CMA Awards (airing live on Nov. 1 on ABC) were announced this morning on Good Morning America. Eric Church led the way with five nods, including Male Vocalist and Album of the Year, along with Song, Single, and Video of the Year for his hit “Springsteen.” (Not a country music fan? Give that one listen and get back to us.)

Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert scored four noms a piece while Taylor Swift, who earned three noms, was the lone female to make the Entertainer of the Year category. Kelly Clarkson’s nom for Female Vocalist of the Year is slightly less of a surprise than Snoop Dogg popping up in Musical Event of the Year (listen to Willie Nelson’s “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” featuring Snoop, Kris Kristofferson, and Jamey Johnson). The full nominees list: READ FULL STORY

Snoop Dogg unveils 'Reincarnated' documentary, reggae album details -- Watch here

Nope, it’s not (just) the smoke in the air that’s making your head feel funny.

Snoop Dogg really did say he’s the reincarnation of Bob Marley on Monday at a New York press conference for Reincarnated, his upcoming reggae album, documentary, and photography book of the same name. (Rohan Marley was on hand to give his blessing, though, so positive vibes, everybody!)

The announcements didn’t stop there. Snoop, who is releasing the three-part project under the name Snoop Lion, says he was instructed to make the album by a higher power. No, not that higher power — the holy spirit itself. And when the spirit tells you to make a reggae album, you listen. So Snoop did what any aspiring reggae star in the hip hop world would do — he went to Jamaica and teamed up with Diplo of dancehall crossover project Major Lazer and various other extracurricular activities to make a whole album.

You can listen to first single “La La La” to get a taste of Reincarnated, but soon you’ll be able to see how it all came together: Snoop’s other announcement was that he captured his spiritual and musical journey on video. Vice Media traveled to Jamaica with him, and their full-length documentary chronicling the making of the album and Snoop’s exploration of Rastafarian culture is an official selection for the Toronto International Film Festival.

Snoop has some hash words for his rap career in the Reincarnated trailer (the three most succinct being “F— Snoop Dogg”) and professed that he was “tired of rap.” Snoop says he wanted to make a real reggae album, one he could perform for kids and grandparents, so for now he’s on hiatus from dropping it like it’s hot.

Still, he swears he hasn’t sworn off the rap game for good: “I could never become Snoop Lion if I wasn’t Snoop Dogg.”

Watch the trailer for Reincarnated here: READ FULL STORY

New music from Snoop Dogg, Willie Nelson, Rihanna, and more appear in honor of 4/20

You may have noticed that Snoop Dogg’s been suspiciously active today. That’s because the rapper, like a number of other like-minded musicians, has a calendar, and it’s telling him that his favorite holiday has arrived.

Yes, there’s been a flurry of 4/20-themed releases surfacing all day, and it seems like Snoop has something do with all of them. The most high-profile offering is “Rollup,” a country collaboration with his braid-bro Willie Nelson, Jamey Johnson, and Kris Kristofferson. You can roll up to Nelson’s official site to give it a listen.

Mr. Dogg also dropped a new song of his own (why, yes, it is called “Stoner’s Anthem”!), a collaboration track with Belly, and a Jamaica-centric 4/20 PSA. Check it all out in the videos below: READ FULL STORY

Tupac's hologram was developed by Oscar-winning effects people, cost a ton of money, has a Twitter account

For a lot of hip-hop fans, Tupac Shakur never really died.

Some legitimately believed that, like Elvis before him, Shakur actually faked his own death to duck out of the spotlight. For others, tracks like “California Love” and “I Get Around” simply lend him a less literal kind of immortality.

Of course, that was before the man himself “materialized” on stage at the closing night of the first weekend of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival and stole the entire Coachella conversation. “Tupac hologram” almost instantly became one of the most-searched phrases on the Internet, and now more information is emerging about the exceptionally weird technological trick pulled off by headliners Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the hologram was crafted by the Digital Domain Media Group, the visual effects house co-founded by James Cameron and responsible for cutting-edge film tricks in movies like Titanic, Tron: Legacy, the Transformers series, Real Steel, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. READ FULL STORY

Coachella Sunday night: Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg bring along a lot of friends...and a Tupac hologram

Who didn’t Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg trot out to close the Coachella Festival on Sunday night? The full retinue was a veritable Hip Hop Hall of Fame: 50 Cent, Eminem, Wiz Khalifa, Kendrick Lamar, Kurupt, Warren G, Nate Dogg (via montage tribute), a two-story LED projection of Frank Sinatra, and a Tupac Shakur hologram. All that was missing was gin and juice gratis for every audience member.

Of course, the West has never been shy to throw up the “W” and the Dogg and Doc delivered a bell-ringing performance to please the hometown crowd. Backed by a full band, the set list was both party-to-go and paean to the last two decades of gangsta rap. After all, when Andre Young dropped The Chronic 20 years ago, the genre retained its marine blue menace and instilled fear into the hearts of sweater-clad suburban parents. Today, Dr. Dre is a gangsta eminence grise and savvy headphone entrepreneur. Meanwhile his one-time sidekick Snoop Dogg has starred in movies, television shows, and leased his star wattage to more products than Ron Popeil.

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Tupac lives (as a hologram) at Coachella!

We’ll have the full run-down of ups and downs from the final day of the first weekend of the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival shortly, but the biggest news from Sunday night’s festivities was Tupac Shakur’s return to the stage.

Though the legendary rapper was murdered in 1996, Shakur stole Sunday night’s weekend-closing set by Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg. Appearing as a hologram (as previously rumored), Shakur (or rather, his pixel-mongering image) materialized for the purpose of filling in his verse on “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted” as well as taking a solo on “Hail Mary.”

It was a pretty impressive bit of scene-stealing, if only because that stage also saw drop-ins from superstars like Eminem, Wiz Khalifa, and 50 Cent. Check out Tupac’s ghost performing “Hail Mary” and “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted” below. READ FULL STORY

Coachella 2012: Five questions going into this weekend

It’s April, and that means that it’s time to head to the desert for this year’s Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival (or simply Coachella, if you’re nasty). This year’s festival takes place over two separate weekends. Starting today, the lineup will run through Sunday, and then next Friday (April 20), the same lineup will do it again.

This year’s top-liners include Radiohead, the Black Keys, Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg, Bon Iver, At the Drive-In, Florence + the Machine, Pulp, and a ton of dance-music folk like Swedish House Mafia and AVICII. If you’re headed out to the desert or are just curious about the first big event of the summer festival season, here are the five questions that most need answering.

Is Eminem going to crash another party like he did at SXSW? READ FULL STORY

Snoop Dogg's daughter Cori B releases a single, with her dad as guest star: Hear 'Daddy's Girl' here

Snoop Dogg is undoubtedly a legend in the worlds of music, cinema, and soap operas. But over the course of his career, his co-signs have not always been stellar, foisting artists like Tha Dogg Pound, the LBC Crew, Butch Cassidy, Kokane, and the entire second tier of the No Limit roster on an unsuspecting public.

Snoop’s latest endorsement is much closer to home — in the sense that new artist Cori B. actually lives under Snoop’s roof. Cori B. is the D-O-Double-G’s daughter, and her new single “Daddy’s Girl” features a verse from her famous dad. It’s a sweet-like-aspartame track that reveals the truth behind growing up as a one percenter in 2012 (which is better than trying to fake her dad’s ‘hood upbringing). Give it a listen below. READ FULL STORY

Coachella 2012 -- Are you excited?

Radiohead

For some time now, Austin’s South by Southwest has been the festival where bands big and small alike make newsworthy announcements, debut reformations, tease long-awaited releases, and otherwise create waves and headlines.

But now that the lineup for this year’s Coachella Music and Arts festival in Indio, Calif., has been announced, it’s starting to look like SXSW might have a worthy challenger out west.

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The Black Keys, Radiohead, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg to headline Coachella fest

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The Black Keys and Radiohead, plus a double bill of Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg lead the lineup for this spring’s annual Coachella Music and Arts festival in Indio, Calif. The event spans two weekends this year, April 13-15 and April 20-22. In addition to the headliners, dozens of buzzworthy bands, both new and old, will perform, including Bon Iver, the Arctic Monkeys, M83, Florence + the Machine, and punk icons the Buzzcocks. The full lineup was posted on the festival’s Facebook page today.

The festival will run two identical weekends this year for the first time ever, with all of the acts signed on to perform both weekends. Rumors ranging about who would play the festival had been running rampant around the Web practically since last year’s festival ended.

Who are you most excited to see at Coachella?

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